Once More With Feeling and Gore — Game of Thrones: “The Mountain and the Viper”

Category: Dramatic Presentation / Short Form
Slates: Rabid Puppies

I watched the Hugo-nominated Game of Thrones episode last year, so my memories of it are a little sketchy.

Game of Thrones is one of those things that makes you incredibly immersed in the storyworld when you are watching it, but afterwards it’s hard to say was it really that important or relevant.* It’s hard to even remember what is it that exactly happened in the series.

Off the top of my head, I can only remember one single event of the last season: the duel between Oberyn Martell and Gregor Clegane which takes place in this episode. It’s a cataclysmic event in the story and I remember how out-of-breath I was afterwards. For me, it worked maybe even better that the Red Wedding of the third season, perhaps because the duel was coming for a long time and the people doing the show know how to build up suspense.

On the other hand, killing off characters is quickly devalued as as means of generating drama in Game of Thrones, because there’s so damn much of it. I just finished the fifth season and watched a mind-numbing atrocity after a mind-numbing atrocity, but none of what happened there really rose to the same level of significance than this and last year’s Hugo-finalist episodes. There’s nothing there that I believe I’m voting for next year, even though I’m sure something will be nominated.

But this one last time I will let myself be excited enough to like Game of Thrones, because it’s a good and ambitious show that is making history, regardless of its shortcomings, and it’s based on a book series that was and is a game changer in heroic fantasy literature. With most fantasy series, I’ve always had the feeling that a healthy dose of gritty realism would make the world more credible, but maybe Song of Ice and Fire and the Game of Thrones TV show are there to prove that there’s such a thing as an overdose.

Score: 8/10

* I think I’m paraphrasing somebody in this sentence. Not sure who.

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2 thoughts on “Once More With Feeling and Gore — Game of Thrones: “The Mountain and the Viper”

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